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Best in the West : Southland Home Builders, Architects Dominate Pacific Coast Builders Conference Design Competition Winning in 'Home of the Year,' Best Commercial Categories : Southland Firms Dominate Design Contest

June 20, 1993|From a Times Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO — Southland home builders and architects have yet again dominated the design competition at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, the annual gathering of developers and allied professionals from 14 western states.

Southern California builders, designers and projects won 22 of the 39 "Gold Nugget" categories, two of three "home of the year" awards and best commercial project honors in this year's contest, which drew nearly 500 entries.

The highlight of the conference, "Gold Nugget" competition in the last decade has seen most of the prizes go to Southland builders and architects. The 35th annual convention, one of the largest building industry meetings in the United States, ended Saturday at the Mosconi Convention Center.

The Southland's "home of the year" winners were:

--Kaufman & Broad Home Corp.'s California Skyline Plan 3 model in Perris, in Riverside County. The 1,412-square-foot home on a 4,000-square-foot lot priced at $108,990 won in the detached, small-lot category. The judges cited the model's layout as efficient and elegant, adding that from the front it "looks like a house twice as big."

--La Mirage Development's La Mirage condominium project, Plan 3, in Aliso Viejo, in Orange County won in the attached home category. The winning model is 1,538 square feet in size, priced at $175,900 and was praised by the judges for its old-world architectural style, which uses authentic, natural products.

The award for the "best of show" commercial project went to the Sony Music Campus in Santa Monica designed by Steven Erlich FAIA and built by Lowe Development. The three-building complex, workday home to 200 employees of Sony's West Coast headquarters, features an interior court, an arboretum and a waterscape, and indoor and outdoor eating area.

The top honors for affordable housing also went, as they did in 1992, to Southland builders:

Kaufman & Broad won best affordable detached home for its California Encore development in Temecula, in southern Riverside County. Homes in the 130-unit project range in size from 1,001 to 1,364 square feet and start at $109,900.

The San Juan Group won best affordable attached honors with its Corte Melina plan in Rancho Santa Margarita in southern Orange County. Home sizes in the 192-unit development ranges from 711 to 1,300 square feet; prices range from $105,000 to $140,000.


Commercial Project of the Year

Sony Music Campus--Santa Monica

Builder/Developer: Lowe Development Corp.

Architect/Land Planner: Steven Ehrlich, FAIA

Site Plan of the Year

Mission Bay--San Francisco

Builder/Developer: Catellus Development Corp.

Land Planner: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Detached (Small Lot) Home of the Year

California Skyline Plan 3--Perris

Builder/Developer: Kaufman & Broad Home Corp.

Architect: Kaufman & Broad Architecture Group

Detached (Conventional Lot) Home of the Year

Gem Heights, Morgan's Bungalow--Tacoma, Wash.

Builder: Upland Builders

Developer: Tucci & Sons Inc.

Architect: Northwest Home Designing Inc.

Attached Home of the Year

La Mirage Condominium Project Plan 3--Aliso Viejo

Builder: Krow Development Inc.

Developer: La Mirage Development Inc.

Architect/Land Planner: Architects Orange


Affordable Housing

Capitol Heights--Benicia

Builder: Scott Deane, General Contractor

Developer: City of Benicia Housing Authority

Architects: Boe & Co. Architects

Residential Produce Site Plan (under 25 acres)

Showplace Square--San Francisco

Builder/Developer: Housing Associates

Architect/Land Planner: McLarand, Vasquez & Partners


1--Best Public Special-Use Facility

West Charleston Public Library--Las Vegas

Builder: Tibesar Construction Co.

Developer: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Architect: Welles-Pugsley Architects

2--Best Private Special-Use Facility

Manzanita Park--Stanford, Calif.

Builder: Dow Builders

Developer: Stanford University

Architect: Fisher-Friedman Associates

Land Planner: SWA Group

3--Best Office/Professional Building (Under 100,000 square feet)

Sony Music Campus--Santa Monica

Builder/Developer: Lowe Development Corp.

Architect/Land Planner: Steven Ehrlich, FAIA

4--Best Office/Professional Building (100,000 square feet or Larger)

The Natural Resources Building--Olympia, Wash.

Builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Architect: C. W. Fentress, J. H. Blackburn & Assoc.

5--Best Commercial Project--Specialty Retail

Trinity Caffe--San Francisco

Builder/Developer: Trinity Properties

Architect: Backen Arrigoni & Ross Inc.

6--Best Commercial Project--Neighborhood Retail

Plaza Antonio--Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Builder: Koll Construction Co.

Developer: Koll/Rancho Santa Margarita Co.

Architect/Land Planner: Altevers Associates

7--Best Commercial Project--Regional Power Retail

Pondok Indah Mall--Jakarta, Indonesia

Builder: P. T. Dimensi Engineering Contractors

Developer: P. T. Metropolitan Kencana

Architect/Land Planner: Development Design Group Inc.

8--Best Rehabilitated Commercial or Industrial Project

The Icehouse--San Francisco

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